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Julian McDaniel

MA Student


Julian received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee in the Spring of 2019. He is currently working toward his M.A. in the department of anthropology. For the past two years, Julian has been working on a research project with Dr. Raja Swamy and fellow graduate student Thomas Tran that explores the ways in which Hurricane Harvey has impacted the lives of residents living in Houston, Texas. Specifically, their work examines the historical production of Houston’s industrial landscape, the struggle for environmental justice and the workings of power in post-disaster contexts. A paper based on this research is currently being prepared for publishing. For his thesis project, Julian will be studying the historical development of Houston’s petrochemical industry as a phenomenon of slow violence, paying special attention to the ways in which disasters and routinized forms of structural violence impact mental health and substance abuse in vulnerable communities.


Research interests: Political ecology, affect theory, critical disaster studies, social inequalities, psychological anthropology, trauma.


Houston After Harvey: A Critical Disaster Studies Project